Textured full-grain leather panels appear at the top of the shoes, covering the tongue, collars and heel counter in a light mint pastel. Contrasting the palette is white laces as well as “New Balance” and “Made in USA” embroidery etched along the tongue. Ivory-toned rubber eyelet panels appear at the upper quarter, separating the light teal panels at the upper half of the shoe from the darker green pigskin suede fabrics embedded at the lower half. New Balance’s reflective “N” logo is placed at the sidewalls, complemented by the shoe’s breathable mesh fabrics at the toebox. All of these details sit atop a clean white ENCAP midsole, anchored by a thin gray outsole to round up the design.
The New Balance M997SOB “Mint/White” is currently available at Sneaker Politics’ website for $200 USD.
For more footwear from New Balance, check out the weatherized MW880 GORE-TEX, coming in rich hazel brown.